Manchester United midfielder Nemanja Matic believes Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is a “much better manager than one year ago”.
Matic, who has been a bit-part player for United this season and he looks destined to leave Old Trafford in the summer, thinks Solskjaer has improved as a manager despite the Norwegian’s impressive start.
Solskjaer replaced Jose Mourinho as United boss in December 2018 and won 14 of his 19 matches in interim charge which led to calls to appoint him permanently.
The United board did that last March, but United’s form towards the end of the season dropped off and their start to this season was far from spectacular.
Recently though United have found a level o f consistency with five wins and six clean sheets from their previous seven games in all competitions.
Asked if Solskjaer was getting better, Matic told Sky Sports: “Of course, every day he is improving for sure. He is getting more experience and he will get better and better.
“Like every manager, for example Carlo Ancelotti, now and 20 years ago he is not the same. He knows more, he gets more experience, so it will be the same with Ole.
“He is a much better manager than one year ago in my opinion because now he knows all the players, he knows exactly what he needs to do before the games, so I think for his job the experience is very important.”
Matic, 31, says the top four remains their aim this season, despite still competing in the Europa League and FA Cup.
“Top four is still the aim for us because we still don’t know what’s going to happen with Manchester City,” added Matic.
“We’re going to play to finish in the top four and this is our target at the moment.
“I think we have enough quality to finish in the top four. We just need to continue to play like we’ve played the last five or six games.
“Even the games where we didn’t play well we won and we have to keep that going because you don’t need to always play great to win. I’m confident and I think the guys are also confident that we can finish in the top four.”